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Hello 2019: Taking Stock 2018

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Happy New Year Peaches! 2019! I am thankful for the gift of life and health from the Almighty granting us all access to 2019.

2018 has been a hell of a rollercoaster. Revelatory to say the least. To be fair though, I’ve had some great moments and met phenomenal people hence I appreciate it. All I’m trying to do right now is focus on the good and positive things that 2018 blessed me with but not dismissing the bad moments either. Those are the ones that have shaped me into who I am today. Not bitter at all, but better, composed, stronger and wiser. ‘Never a failure, always a lesson.’

2018 adventures and events:

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Zip lining. One of the most thrilling adventures in 2018!
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I made new friends. Cool fun people to be around.
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Laughter and good vibes
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I attended candid conversations and met my all time favorite Kenyan Lifestyle Blogger ~ ThisisEss!
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At the Candid Conversations event, I met phenomenal women who made me feel empowered.
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I got the luxury to stay at Watamu Treehouse. One of the most beautiful places I’ve seen in Watamu. Made me realize that I love nature and art.
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I did yoga for the first time at Watamu Treehouse. It was a new elevating and therapeutic experience.
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First time seeing a whale with my naked eyes! I went whale watching at Hemingways in Watamu. Such humongous creatures. I wish I could swim with them.
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The bubble Suit at Rock and Sea in Watamu totally wowed me! The interior, set up, nature views! I was lucky to be there in the hidden gem thanks to Stephano who is the Manager. Also, one of the nicest people I have met in Watamu.
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Rock and Sea bubble Suit. Eye candy
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Attended Breast Cancer Awareness walk. It gives me joy to make a difference in someone’s life. I am also happy to have been a part of Rotaract Club Malindi. Very enlightening!

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Attended Youth Innovation event at United Nations in Nairobi through Rotaract Club Malindi – I met brilliant youths that were an inspiration.
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I attended the historic Sustainable Blue Economy Conference as a delegate at KICC in Nairobi, Kenya. It was educational and it was a privilege to be in the same room with very prominent persons. I am loooking forward to conserve our country’s Blue Economy!
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When I see women in power, it gives me joy and hope in changing the narrative of women in power. We need more women in power for a better future for the girl child.

 

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Collaborated with Aaliya (Imakeuplikethis) and Shahista (makeupbyshahista). It was a first Halloween make up for me and I totally enjoyed it!
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My girl Farhana launched her clothline and I will always support my friends so it is also the highlight of my year, because I love seeing my friends winning and I am always here for it. So proud of her!

 

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Attended Farhana’s pop up shop to support my girl. She has an amazing collection!

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I partnered with Watamu Transfer Tours and Safaris (still do). Through them, I am learning a lot especially when it comes to our wildlife Conservation and the Tourism Industry. Hence why I want to learn more languages. Through them also, I found my passion and for that I am grateful!
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The first people I met through Watamu Transfer Tours and Safaris. Such beautiful and talented souls!
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Watched dolphins for the 3rd time. It was one of the best dolphin views with a whole pod of dolphins swimming, diving, and jumping with joy. I’m still yet to swim with them. 2019 goal!
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I did snorkeling for the umpteenth time. Swimming while enjoying views of beautiful fish, corals, and all that’s glittery underwater is one of my favorite things to do
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Breakfast at the beach. It should be a lifestyle! Amazing views
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I met such wonderful people at Watamu Treehouse. Barbara is a total sweetheart!
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I learned a new water sports. Stand up paddling at Mida Creek in Watamu. It was intense work out in the scorching sun but totally worth it. Of watersports adventures!
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Mida Creek Adventures

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SUP sundowners! Amazing!
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One of the best most therapeutic experiences in my life was yoga meditation on water. I came out feeling brand new and healed. My mind is clearer than ever. Worked like magic.
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Shamsa got engaged! She’s more of a sister than a friend. Words cannot explain how happy I am. May Allah bless your union as we wait for the big day!
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And I slayed!! Favorite outfit of 2018. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication!

A few important lessons I learned the hard way in 2018.

  1. Observe not absorb.  Being empathetic makes me question if it is a curse or a blessing because I can get sucked up into people’s energy and moods. I get so concerned with hurting peoples feelings more than I do care about mine. That has to change because it’s suffocating.
  2. It is okay to be selfish. A hard one and a bold one too. I came to the realization that you can lay down for people and they will still say your back is not flat enough. Favorite quote because it summarizes everything I have to say about it.
  3. Create boundaries. Walk away from disrespect. It is always so hard to walk away from people we love regardless of how they treat us sometimes. But there’s always a limit. We should stop making excuses for people’s ill behavior, unfiltered words, cheaters, liars, pretenders and back stabbers. Speak up, confront where need be and do not entertain anyone’s disrespectful behaviors towards you. We have to accept that some people will never respect you because they don’t respect themselves. Save yourself from such people.
  4. Financial independence is empowering. So is emotional independence. If you manage to achieve those two, you will live  a more peaceful life. Be your own sugar dad
  5. Empowering women and conservation initiatives are vital in the world for better livelihood.
  6. Follow your passion. Life is too short to work in a field you are not interested in, a waste rather. Also, I learned that it is never always about the money, but what gets your creativity wheel spinning!

Incase you didn’t notice, I took a long break from social media sometime in February 2018. As dramatic as it sounds, I was about to lose it! I could not focus. My mind was all over the place. My brains were about to fall out. I had to take a break. I could not form a sentence let alone think right or through things. I cannot really explain what I was going through because wild events were happening in my life back to back like the devil was on a mission to end me. I had to quit so many things and people dear to me to get my peace of mind; to save myself. Shockingly, I took a bolder step by moving  to a totally new place where I knew literally nobody – Watamu. Honestly, I needed some quality time alone to regain my sanity. Luckily, I got a job at Watamu Treehouse and ever since, Watamu has become my new founded home. Proudly, I can say that I have found inner peace. It’s not about the people, rather, the place itself; A hidden gem. Exploring and more.

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Here I am, today I can think somewhat clearly with no background noises of what if’s n whys. It’s peaceful in my head. However, I am still working on sharpening my listening skills. I am still adjusting my focus. I am still trying to find a way to forgive people completely and forgive myself for hurting people in the process. All I can say is, I don’t have it all figured out. I am a work in progress just like you and I. I might look like I have it all figured out but I’m far from that. Which is why I had to speak out when I was breaking silently for people to understand that I am only but human needing support just like I would support people who needed me. But I work everyday to improve on myself and learning to love myself and people I care about more fiercely. Most importantly, I am trying to work on stabilizing my emotions.

I hope 2019 is going to be a fruitful and prosperous year for everyone. Make everyday count and never lose hope.

To more adventures, new ideas, successful businesses, investments, travel destinations and healthier relationships.

Happy 2019 Peaches!

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Let’s SUP! Shall We? – My Stand Up Paddling Experience and Yoga On Water!

Happy Jamhuri day Peaches. I have a plan for you depending on how spontaneous you can be. Water sports to be specific.

If you enjoy exercise, know how to swim and are comfortable in the water, then Stand Up Paddling or Supping is going to be fun for you! Basically, a stand up paddle is much thicker than a surfboard.

My Stand Up Paddling Experience

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We left Watamu Treehouse (Watamu, Kenya) in the morning at 9 ish using a tuktuk for when the tide was quite low, heading to the beach ready for our Stand Up Paddling trip.

Our lead guide who was the only guide for us, Kingi, was waiting by the shore of the beach with stand up paddle boards and paddles to give each of us safely. We were a group of six, including Paul, who is the owner of Watamu Treehouse. I had already met Barbara at Treehouse and we had bonded quite well so it was exciting to be on the same group with her. She’s from Amsterdam. Full of energy and a social butterfly like me. Actually, we had planned it! Also, I met the rest of our guests at Watamu Treehouse: Aisha, Tiki and Rosalind.

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After a quick introduction, Kingi carefully gave each of us in turns, SUP paddle boards and paddles for paddling, quickly giving us basic instructions: kneel on the board with your back straight, feet forward, legs slightly apart, paddle out, find your balance and always stand on the middle of the paddle board. Also, he showed us the right way of holding the paddle. When my turn reached, he gave me a hand to stand on the SUP paddle board and when I managed to get on it, he tied a Velcro strap tightly around my ankle as an sup leash, to keep the paddle board firmly attached. Starting off on my knees, in literally baby steps, I compassed myself in the middle of the paddle board for buoyancy as I pulled myself up to a standing position. Kingi helped me size my paddle on the longer side for flat water use and the shorter side for use in the surf. The blade is bent at a slight angle to the shaft to allow for more forward reach when taking a stroke. The reason for this I was told was for security purposes, so that it can stay firm with me if by any chance strong waves, currents or winds occur or if I bump into mangroves by accident. So it wouldn’t swim away!

D781DF49-39EB-4A65-B634-D5BB4160A030Let’s paddle away shall we?! We were ready to paddle on the calm blue water and so was the scorching sun! Ready as ever! Thankfully, we all had applied plenty of sunscreen on our faces, necks, arms, legs and feet. Basically any part of our skin that was exposed to the fiery sun. However, I should have carried a hat damnit! But the sun never bothered me anyway. So we set ourselves in one column on the sea water facing the sea heading towards the mangroves.

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My feet were pointed forward and slightly apart, bending my knees a little with my back straight while keeping my shoulders and head up and eyes sharply looking forward. This stance helped me to shift my weight through my knees and hips for balance.

It was relatively easy to get a hang of it to the point that I felt like I had mastered the watercraft. Within minutes, I was gliding on the water paddling like a pro, turning with sharp strokes and speeding doing all the tricks I was taught in 5 minutes. “Okay show off!” Paul scoffed. If you are a fast learner and quite fit, you will get a hang of it in a short span. Paddling is like rowing a boat standing on a paddle board. In small but wide strokes, you reach out with your paddle to the front of the board and push all the way to the tail in a sweeping arc. Likewise to the left and you can adjust your speed by speeding with wide strokes and slowing down with small strokes. To turn, that was the most energetic moment because I needed to reach to the front in clockwise motions until I turned left as I leaned and twisted slightly to direct the board to the left. And anti-clockwise to turn right. I was having the best time on the water. Also, we would talk to each other as we got to know more about each other while paddling.

Stand Up Paddling Through Mida Creek Mangroves Channel

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Eventually, we were all scattered on the sea some were further ahead, some behind, but we finally got to meet each other near the mangroves channel in Mida creek where we paddled enjoying the view of the lush green mangroves.

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Now that was a challenge because since the mangrove channel is narrow, a wrong stroke, you hit a mangrove. And they are injurious! Trust me, I should know! My cockiness got me into one and my leg got cut until blood oozed out. Thank God it wasn’t a deep cut though. However, that did not stop me from paddling, but I boarded back onto the stand up paddle board and got to my balancing position, this time taking smaller strokes and being more careful.

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Exhausted, we took a snack break as we parked our paddle boards and stand up paddles. We were sorted with peanut butter rolls, popcorn and water.

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Once we were done resting and quenching our thirst, we went back to the water only to find our paddle boards towed by Kingi attached to each other in one long row. Therefore, we all took our balancing positions on our SUP boards.

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It was Yoga time!!!!! Oh yes! Yoga at the sea! Just how cool is that???!!!! That was the most intense yet therapeutic exercise I did on that day. Our yoga instructor guided as we followed suit to his instructions. We did a couple of yoga stands, stretches, and positions. I fell on one position called tree pose, where you stand on one leg while the other leg bends in acute angle, foot touching the knee and hands in a praying position. Asha did her stance perfectly with her hands stretched like a bird. Jelous!

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I failed terribly and within seconds I flopped into the water. I definitely did not fall with style like Tiki! Ay! Ay! Captain Morgan!!!

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Of course I hopped right back on my SUP board to finish the yoga session. It was so relaxing as we closed our eyes meditating hearing all the sounds and vibrations of the sea. Frogs croaking. flies buzzing, breeze and waves sounds moving in slow motions. I will describe it in one word – MAGICAL!

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Yoga marked the end of our Stand Up paddling. Relaxing our muscles and minds. Going back, we were towed by a speed boat all of us grabbing so firmly onto our SUPs while sleeping on it this time, as though holding onto our dear life. It was one of the most exciting thrill in experiences I’ve had in the sea.

You should try it out. It doesn’t have to be morning hours. There are evening sessions too!! For sundowners. It’s so calm and therapeutic, paddling while the sun sets giving you first hand beautiful views.

The choice is all yours. You can check with WatamuTreehouse in Watamu, Tribe Watersports, or any watersports center near you. But make it a plan if not today, any other day during this December holiday! Enjoy supping!

Live a little Peaches.

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